Your Village Hall needs your help

The Village Hall is one of our remaining amenities and is operated on a voluntary basis by a team of local villagers who work to keep the Hall open for all to use and enjoy.

We are currently seeking a new Booking Officer as the present holder of that position will be shortly retiring from it. This is an important role, as without it we will not be able to keep the Hall open, and the Committee are able to offer some financial reward where circumstances dictate.

The position will involve taking and controlling bookings on an as it happens basis. These are currently online so a little computer knowledge would certainly be useful but not essential. We will be able to offer training and ongoing help as we all work as a team.

If you are interested or can help please in the first instance contact Tracy Roberts on 01892 891122 who can explain the work involved in more detail. You can also speak to any other member of the committee.

Do you have a superhero, greatest showman or princess that need a party?

Following the huge interest in the princess events in 2018 Princess And the Pea Events are now offering character entertainment packages for parties and events where you can have a princess, a superhero character or even a dancing theme such as the Greatest Showman.

They provide all Party games, present for the birthday girl / boy and entertain throughout the entirety of the party so the parents can sit back and enjoy the day.

They have a special introductory offer to beat the January blues. If you book for an event or party during January you get 25% off the full price (parties don’t have to be paid until 2 weeks before the event - so its just a date in the diary for now!)

They can come to your home, a venue you have hired (like the Kilndown Village Hall) or even a school.

You can take a look at past parties and events by looking at their facebook page or on their website

New Year’s Dancing Resolution - why not give it a go?

Let’s Dance with Amanda. - Adult Tap and Ballet -Wednesdays in the Kilndown Village Hall

Adult Tap , Wednesday 7pm to 7.45pm. Adult Ballet, Wednesday 8pm to 8.45pm

A relaxed, friendly environment where you can enjoy learning to dance, whilst making new friends. All abilities are welcome. Flexible payment options available.

Term dates: January 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th. February 6th, 13th, 27th. March 6th, 13th, 27th and April 3rd, 10th and 24th.

Contact Amanda Ledger 07470 074144 facebook @amandaletsdance

Tip Toe Tots - Toddler Dance - Saturdays 9am to 10am

Introducing pre-school children to the wonderful world of musical movement and dance, using props to enhance their learning. The basics of ballet are explored as the children are encouraged to develop and discover their bodies in response to dance.

Refreshments are also included. Cost five pounds per class.

Term dates: January 12th, 19th and 26th. February 2nd, 9th, 16th. March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

January blues? The Kilndown Film Club will bring you New Year cheer

January is always a time of penny pinching, dark nights and cold weather. We have the best solution for you to get you out of the house and on a budget.

Why not join the Kilndown Film Club at one of the four planned films between January and April 2019? The films are screened in Kilndown Village Hall at 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm with an extra performance during February half term at 2pm for our younger viewers.

Refreshments are available and to watch a film you simply need to give a donation to the Kilndown Film Club. The below provides you with  the films and dates planned. To get a synopsis of the film itself please refer to the Calendar of Events section of the Kilndown Village Hall website


Peterloo (12A) 25th January 2019, 7.30pm

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Mamma Mia Here We Go Again (PG) 22nd February 2pm and 7.30pm

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A Star is Born (15) 29th March, 7.30pm

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First Man (12A) 26th April, 7.30pm

A Kilndown Christmas


Sunday 16th December  2.30pm Christ Church, Kilndown Family Carol Service

We would love it if the children came dressed as someone from the Christmas Story, then came to the Village Hall…

3pm until 5.30pm Kilndown Village Hall

  • Community Choir

  • Father Christmas

  • Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate

  • Tree Lighting

Please bring an outdoor tree decoration and  a plate of Christmas food to share.

Thank you, thank you, thank you

On behalf of Nourish Community Food Bank and the Kilndown Village Hall Committee we would like to thank everyone who baked, volunteered, donated and supported the village Trick or Donate initiative. Last night we had Pin the Fangs on the Vampire, apple bobbing, scary feely boxes, a best costume competition, scary music and a mass of sugary delights all supplied by kind volunteers.

The children went house to house and collected a gargantuan amount of food supplies for the food bank which are being delivered to them this weekend. The food bank are overwhelmed by the support Kilndown have given them and are thrilled that our contributions will continue to support those in need in our community. We would also like to thank the households of Kilndown for embracing Halloween so fully this year. Not only did you donate but the children were waxing lyrical about scary trees, ghoulish noises and amazing decorations that they encountered on their way round the village.

We know there were a couple of houses that our trick or treaters didn't get to so please let Laura know on 07790231183 and she will come and pick up any uncollected donations to ensure they are delivered over to Nourish.

We would love to hear your feedback as to whether this was a good idea and one that should be repeated or whether you favour the more traditional approach to Halloween. Please contact Laura on , any of the Village Hall Committee or simply comment on the Facebook post.

Thank you once again for all of your support.

Love your Millennium Green

As a reminder to those villagers who were here at the time and to let those of you who have come to the village since 2000, this is how the Green came to be created and maintained.

A group of villagers came together in 1996 to plan how Kilndown would celebrate the Millennium. They identified that the redundant school playing field could be developed as a Green that could be used by all with play equipment for the children along with seating and quiet areas. They successfully applied for a grant from Millennium Commission ( a project supported by the National Lottery). The aim of the project was to introduce 250new areas of open space for the year 2000 to the benefit and enjoyment of the local community. The primary stipulation was that the space was to be designed, created and maintained by the community. Kent County Council subsequently passed the land to the Parish Council who in turn handed it to the Kilndown Millennium Green Trust for day to day management. With fundraising of £12,000and volunteers doing the groundwork the Green was formally opened by the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells on 17th June 2000. The trustees jointly manage both the Green and the Hall Trusts.

We need your help.

Help us, the Trustees, to keep it clean, tidy, pruned, weeded and inviting to use for us in the village and for all those hiring the Hall.

Option 1: We meet every 2 months on a Saturday morning to do any jobs that are needed on that day. Its fun and within all capabilities AND you get a drink and a piece of cake! We post dates in the magazine, notice boards and on social media with plenty of warning so try and join us


Option 2: You might find it difficult to commit to a specific time but may be happy to help at a time to suit you. If so you can help by adopting a task such as keeping the paved area weeded, hedges trimmed or a particular shrub / tree clipped. If so contact Sue Jackson (email or Tel: 01892 890090) to discuss.

Please help as its hard work for a few but a lot easier for many. Lets make sure we can preserve the Green in top condition and leave a legacy fur future villagers.

New films in Kilndown as the winter nights draw in

The Kilndown Film Club continues to host a monthly film on a Friday night at 7.30pm.Over the next few months we have some crackers coming up (all of which can be found on our calendar of events on the website).

The schedule is  as follows:




Trick or Donate - Halloween with a difference.

This year the Kilndown Village Hall Committee would like to suggest an alternative Halloween for your little ones. Instead of Trick or Treating and asking for donations of chocolate and sweets we would like to encourage all children from the village to collect for donations for the Tunbridge Wells Foodbank.

Nourish Community Foodbank provided 41,526 meals last year to Tunbridge Wells and surrounding areas and 46% of those were to children under 18 years old. These people need supporting due to benefit changes, unemployment, domestic abuse, having debt problems and as a result of having had an accident or being unwell. For more information on the charity or how you could support them please click here.


On the 31st October we will be meeting in the Village Hall at 6pm to then walk around the village to collect your donations. If you are happy for the children to knock please display the leaflet which can be downloaded here or that will be posted through your Kilndown letterbox in October. If you prefer not to have anyone knock but would still like to donate, donations can be left at the Village Hall from 5pm or before the 31st at Blackberry Cottage, Rogers Rough Road, Kilndown. TN17 2RJ.

The foodbank have asked in particular for the following items however any donation no matter how small of any food or toiletries would be gratefully received.



After the collection we will be hosting a little children's party in the Village Hall until 7.30pm so that the children still get a chance to have a sugar fix and see their friends all dressed up.

If anyone has any questions or would like to volunteer to help with the party or donate a sugary cake or tasty treat please contact Laura-Louise White on 07790231183 or email on

Please support this initiative if you can to help those in our local communities who are struggling or need some temporary help.

7 reasons why fishing is good for you..

As per advice on the Canal & River Trust there are 7 reasons why fishing is good for you...... 

  1. Fishing keeps you fit
  2. Fishing increases your vitamin D
  3. Fishing improves your concentration
  4. Fishing reduces stress
  5. Fishing lets you unplug

The Kilndown Fishing Club would like to invite new members to join them and start getting fitter and reducing stress. Our new page on our website gives you all the information you need or you can simply click here

For any additional information please contact Chris Ditton on or Tel: 07801902607

Cost is £10 per year or £5 for senior citizens (completed 65th birthday or Juniors 12-17 years old.





Kilndown Film Club Presents The Greatest Showman

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Kilndown Film Club presents The Greatest Showman (PG)

Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious show-stopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again.

Inspired by the story of P.T Barnum (Jackman), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. This inspirational film also stars Zac Effron, Michelle Williams, Rebecaa Ferguson and Zendaya.

This will be held in the Village Hall, Friday 20th July.  Doors open 7pm - Film starts at 7.30pm.

Refreshments available and entrance is by donation.

Find the volunteer group on Facebook @KilndownFilmClub

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Kilndown Film Club Presents The Post

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Kilndown Film Club presents The Post (12A)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

This will be held in the Village Hall, Friday 22nd June.  Doors open 7pm - Film starts at 7.30pm.

Refreshments available and entrance is by donation.

Find the volunteer group on Facebook @KilndownFilmClub

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Kilndown Film Club Presents Paddington 2

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Kilndown Film Club presents Paddington 2 (PG)

Paddington 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy's hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber's antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it's up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.....

This will be held in the Village Hall, Wednesday 30th May.  Doors open 10am - Film starts at 10.30am.

Refreshments available and entrance is by donation .

Find the volunteer group on Facebook @KilndownFilmClub

Kilndown Film Club Presents Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

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Kilndown Film Club presents Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (15)

This is a darkly comedic drama from Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, commissioning three signs leading into her town, with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.

This will be held in the Village Hall, Friday 25th May.  Doors open 7pm - Film starts at 7.30pm.

Refreshments available and entrance is by donation.

Find the volunteer group on Facebook @KilndownFilmClub

Kilndown Village Trusts AGM

Notice of AGM: 2nd May 2018 at 8pm in the Village Hall. Refreshments from 7.45pm.

You are invited to the AGM of the Kilndown Village Trusts which will be held on the 2nd May during the Annual Village Meeting (Registered charity numbers: 288395 and 1078502).


  • Chairman Report
  • Election of Trustees
  • Questions from the public

To submit any questions ahead of the meeting please contact Chairman Ray Lovell on Tel: 01580 211323 or email:

Kilndown Film Club Presents Murder on the Orient Express

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Kilndown Film Club presents Murder on The Orient Express (12A)

Kenneth Branagh plays Hercule Poirot in this star-studded retelling of Agatha Christie's classic whodunit.

With Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Derek Jacobi and many more!

This will be held in the Village Hall, Friday 27th April.  Doors open 7pm - Film starts at 7.30pm.

Refreshments available and entrance is by donation.

Find the volunteer group on Facebook @KilndownFilmClub

Coming soon The Rural Kent Coffee - Pop Up Cafe

The Rural Kent Coffee and Information Project is making a difference to rural communities throughout Kent and Medway

On 7th April 2017 they launched a new service bringing a library of information and a mobile café to rural communities in Kent and Medway.  

The café will provide a source of information and a friendly, informal meeting place.  For inspiration and to get a better feel for the project, the Rural Coffee Caravan website has this excellent short film, showing what they aspire to!

Interested?  Come and get together with old friends and new. Have a cuppa and a delicious slice of cake in the Village Hall Car Park. They'll have all sorts of local information available or you can just come for a chat.

Everyone welcome. The café will be coming to Kilndown on the following dates:

  • 11th September 2018
  • 9th October 2018
  • 6th November

All dates will be 10am-12pm. We will post more news nearer the time on this website and on Facebook.

Kilndown Film Club

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Want to watch recent release on the big screen but couldn’t make it to the cinema to see it?

Looking for a way to meet and socialise with friends and neighbours?

Hoping for a fun trip out thats close to home?

Village volunteers are setting up a Kilndown film club and hope to show everything from the most recent releases to film classics.

It follows the results of last year’s village Hall committee survey, which found a film club was the most popular new offering residents wanted to have.

The club aims to be a space where local people, families and friends can come together to enjoy a film in a social and friendly setting. A variety of movies will be programmed to ensure everyone finds something that appeals.

If things really take off, the club may even host movie seasons as well as outdoor summer screenings on the millennium Green.

A pilot scheme to test the popularity of the Kilndown film club will run from April to July this year. So please come to support your local film club: use it or lose it!

Prices will be kept low and refreshments, including wine Choc ices and sweets, are planned to be on sale.

Details of the first films and times will be advertised shortly on the events calendar.

In the meantime, stay in touch via and drop us a message if you might be able to help us set up screenings and serve refreshments.